Google will invest a total of £1m in projects seeking to help counter online extremism in the UK.

The fund, the technology giant has said, is part of a $5m commitment set aside to address the emergence of extremist content posted online across the globe.

Google’s funding will be distributed in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a London-based organisation seeking to counteract violent extremism.

Applications will open in November and judged by an independent board of advisors including academics, policymakers, educators, representatives from creative agencies, civil society and the technology sector.

Successful applicants will have access to grants between £2,000 and £200,000.

Commenting on the news, Sasha Havlicek, ISD chief executive, said: “We are eager to work with a wide range of innovators on developing their ideas in the coming months.”

According to Google, the funding would be used to support “technology-driven solutions, as well as grassroots efforts such as community youth projects that help build communities and promote resistance to radicalisation” over the next couple of years.

Google’s general counsel Kent Walker concluded: “By funding experts like ISD, we hope to support sustainable solutions to extremism both online and offline.

“We don’t have all the answers, but we’re committed to playing our part. We’re looking forward to helping bring new ideas and technologies to life.”

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